Monday, August 03, 2009

"How many of you believe in evolution?"

About 15 years ago (give or take a few years) I was sitting in an evening church service at Grace Bible Church in Dayton, Tennessee. As I recall we had a guest speaker who was preaching on creationism. He asked the congregation, "How many of you believe in evolution?"

In that very conservative Bible church in the heart of where the famous Scopes trial took place, he was probably surprised to see two hands go up....mine, and the hand of one of my colleagues at Bryan College, Dr. Kurt Wise.

As strong creationists, we didn't necessarily disagree with evolution, per se. We do not think the idea of "macro-evolution" is adequatedly, scientifically grounded, and we completely disagree with the rediculous idea that unbelievably complex life forms--all the way from single cells to human beings--evolved entirely by natural processes apart from any intelligent design. That belief is no less mythology than the idea of Zeus on Mt. Olympus.

My doctors degree is in religion and society--what do I know? But Dr. Wise got his doctors degree in Paleontology from Harvard University under the world renowned evolutionist, Stephen J. Gould. I guarantee you that Dr. Wise did not get out of Harvard under Dr. Gould without thoroughly understanding evolution. --yet he knows that evolution did not just occur through natural processes alone.

Some evolutionists like to marginalize or dismiss all criticism against evolution as if such criticism only comes from ignorant, uneducated Neanderthals. Those who do this are either ignorant of the facts, or they are lying to you.

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